Birth: The Conference in Romania in 2019!

Birth: The Conference in Romania in 2019!
I’ve been invited to address an audience of young families and professionals in Romania this coming summer. I am reprinting my earlier article about them here to bring you up to speed on who these amazing people are:
I have dedicated my next book called, PUSH! The Sequel to the brave, revolutionary young families of the Muntele Rece district of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Against all odds they are taking back control of their lives and the lives of their children after Communism all but dictated their very existence. They are choosing to have their babies at home, later home schooling them, and discovering autonomy for themselves.Image result for romanian babies

  Image result for romanian babiesIt reminds me so very much of the 1960s and ’70s in America when radical hippies like Ina May and Stephen Gaskin began to question the status quo. They deserve our deepest respect and support. I can only guess that the advent of the Internet in their little villages found a willing audience in these young people. They are educated, seeking souls, so very ready for change, and when they discovered what the rest of the world has been up to until now, they ran with it. But I am curious: why weren’t they attracted to our materialism, or our free market economies and consumerism instead?
 I have gotten to know many young immigrant families over the years and many of them want everything and anything that smacks of America, even at the expense of forgoing their forefathers’ traditions and way of life. They strike me as even more American than we are, in a way, hankering after the very arrogance we enshrine. But this is different. The Romanian revolutionaries are peacefully considering all their options and the direction they will choose for themselves. I wonder how do they choose among all of the innovative movements they encounter while being inundated with  the glut of information the Internet has to offer? This is epic, in my eyes.  
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I have only the highest respect and regard for this tiny movement among them. They are slowly winning midwives, doctors, and others over to their side. Their network spans the whole of the former Communist bloc countries: Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Romania, whose foreign policies often depended on those of the former Soviet Union.Image result for romanian babies

Birth: The Romanian Conference 2019
This is a
rough draft of the proposed conference:
A Revolution
this talk 1970s and ’80s in the US when there was a
resurgence of midwifery and many felt that birth belonged in the family, not in
what had become doctor and hospital models of care, essentially leaving the
mother out of the process, and especially taking control of a natural process
and turning it into an illness that needed to be managed medically. We will discuss what is possible in Romania today.
of home versus hospital birth
look into Western allopathic medicine and our attitudes concerning alternative
approaches. Many countries throughout the world have not turned to this
philosophy and continue to trust Nature and what humans have successfully done
for millenia. 
and infant deaths world wide
continue to prove to this day that despite the advancements in
medicine and the sciences, the outcomes of managed births in comparison to an
uniterrupted natural process have not born better outcomes. The US and other
so-called First World Countries actually fall at the bottom of the list for
maternal and infant morbidity across the board. The US stands at the bottom of
the list as 48th at this time.
& Training available world-wide
will discuss the pros and cons for training and/or depending on practitioners
in your own countries. There are many schools of thought in this sphere, but I
will try to give an unbiased look into all the choices out there that you might
want to access. 
Are protocols needed? They just might earn you the respect that you might want
from within your local medical communities. How can you work together? Is that
possible? How do you draw up protocols unique to your situation? Legal issues
concerning home birth.
There are thousands of
books, videos, papers, studies, statistics and information on the Internet. Who
do you trust? How do you find strong evidence for sane choices? I will try to
consolidate the best of all this information and make those resources available
throughout the conference.
WHO World
Health Or and human rights–an in-depth look
   We can learn a lot from WHO, Save the Children, Unicef, and
other international groups who have already been disseminating much of this
education around the world and by tapping into their experience–their failures
and successes–we might learn quite a lot and avoid wasting valuable time and
birth vrs medication
 A look at what drugs are being used, what helps, what doesn’t, and what are
some of their properties. A study of the interventions and what they mean. We
will also look at the evolution of the sciences of testing newborns and what
does bonding look like in light of these so-called advances.
of success vrs failure: realistic goals
learning from others who have been there like Ina May Gaskin, what do our goals
look like? What does a successful birth look like? What are some of the very
real dangers and how can you be trained to see them before you are in trouble?
How can you avoid them? I was trained first, intentionally, to know what normal
birth looked like, over and over and over again. Only then, when I could do it
in my sleep, was I introduced to problems that might arise during pregnancy and
birth. So, when my brain signaled that this was a yellow or red light, that
what I am seeing now is not part of that normal, then I was trained in what to
do, if I needed to actually do something, if I needed help or some maneuver I had
been trained in. And, how can you learn this where you are now?

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tuned for my next books, PUSH! The Sequel: 37 more true stories from
midwives and doulas, 
and Stone
Age Babies in a Space Age World: Babies and Bonding in the 21st Century.

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